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“My ambition is handicapped by laziness”

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Pursuing medicine so a very noble cause. I just thought he was a very good player. I’ll miss him on the scene.

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

Nick, your thoughts on Hallam Amos retiring at 27?

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

Yes Leg. I like to use one particular mate as some sort of barometer when it comes to the interest in THE code in Australia. 2011; Reds win, he’s a pest. 2015; we make the final – I wish he’d leave my apartment. 2021? Won’t. Shut. Up. There’s only so many times I can be sent clips of Tupou’s cut out pass and Kellaway’s tries before it starts to grate on a man.

The barometer is rising.

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

I like Lachie a lot – just needs another 10kg on him. Hope to see him “plumper” when Super Pacific kicks off.

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

I’ve now featured in the corner. My life is complete.

Thanks for the clips around Tolu, Nick. I’ll be keeping a very close eye on how he goes when he enters the pack up North. And just for my sanity, I pray we beat England. The only thing worse than losing to them 7 times in a row is losing to them 8 times in a row.

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

“Taniela is nearly broken.” Can you elaborate on that Bobby? What effects or signs are you seeing that he’s breaking down? I googled “Taniela Tupou injury” and can only find one article in 2018 where he was injured. If anything, it proves just how well his body holds up and speaks to his potential longevity in the game.

Is Taniela Tupou top of the props?

That’s what I was wondering…plus they’ve signed Jesse Mogg so there’ll be plenty of competition for spots next year. Muirhead, Wright, Kata, CFS, Banks, Mogg, Ikitau, Simone off the top of my head in their backline.

New Super Rugby franchise set to name inspirational Lealiifano as first captain

He’s just signed on with the Brumbies! Only 27 and 100+ Super games so hopefully his injuries are behind him.

https://www.rugby.com.au/news/former-wallaby-chris-feauai-sautia-signs-with-brumbies-2021107

New Super Rugby franchise set to name inspirational Lealiifano as first captain

Much preferred the one used on Doueihi last year “You’ve gotta kick it right because it’s going left. COMPENSATE. COMPENSAAAAAATE!”

'No f---ing chance, son!' Norths fan's all-time heckle to put kicker off crucial GF conversion

I’d like to see how he’s been going for Stade over the past 18 months or so. Beverage-induced driving excluded, of course.

Get your questions in for Issue 30 of Coach's Corner

Hi Nick, what will Tolu Latu add to the team? I have no idea how he has been performing for Stade and thought his games for the Wallabies and Tahs were okay without being exceptional. What have I been missing that would make him such a key selection over someone like Fainga’a?

Get your questions in for Issue 30 of Coach's Corner

Awesome result. I remember being a little chap watching England play Uruguay at Suncorp in the ’03 World Cup. I’ve never seen a crowd get so excited than when Uruguay finally crossed for a try. 111-13.

WATCH: Joyous scenes as Uruguay secure 2023 World Cup qualification

Ken, the problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, whilst the stupid ones are full of confidence

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

Come on man, it’s just a sweet play for NFL standards. The equivalent of a halfback dipping it out to the fly half, he gets charged down, and then scooting with a one handed pick up, he kicks a 50-22. Just a nice play and by an Aussie which is the sweetest thing.

WATCH: 'He's a wizard!' Aussie punter Michael Dickson rocks the NFL with freakish, AFL-style move

Horton, I feel, will be in the frame for squads next year. There’s some great young Tahs that should get a chance soon. Donaldson, McDonald, Nawaqanitawase, Cotton etc

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

Yep, that’s it. The rest of his comment is just garbage. Wilson, Lukhan and Fraser got outplayed and the others are not ready for the squad.

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

I can be persuaded, yes.

Coach’s Corner Issue 29: Do the All Blacks have a soft centre?

Damn! Okay well I have a second question then, maybe best served for next weeks’ coaches corners.

What will Tolu Latu add to the team? I have no idea how he has been performing for Stade and thought his games for the Wallabies and Tahs were okay without being exceptional. What have I been missing that would make him such a key selection over someone like Fainga’a?

Coach’s Corner Issue 29: Do the All Blacks have a soft centre?

Yeah Perese was on the cusp before his injury so if the Tahs have said he’s fit and ready to go, that one makes perfect sense. Foketi is completely out of the blue for me but I just have to trust that Rennie has seen something I haven’t – similar to Ikitau last year.

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

Yes Geoff. You see, the thing is, when players are mentioned and hinted at in the media throughout the week, it’s generally expected they would be announced.

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

Toast on, Tony.

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

Perese and Foketi were “expected” but McInerney is the interesting one for me. I guess Lonergan was also given the orders to stay at home and get in a solid pre-season? Bell now the only one of those U20 stars from 2019 retained.

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

Cheers Nick. At the start of the test season, I mentioned that the AB backrow, midfield and FB were the three areas they seems to be unsure of. FB is surely nailed now with Jordie there but backrow and midfield remains uncertain. I don’t think Havili & Ioane are the best combo, Rieko far better on the wing which he’s shown this year. Possibly Havili & ALB and then there’s young Quinn to consider with Goodhue also returning next year. Backrow balance seems to be the most pressing issue. Where do all of Ioane, Frizell, Savea, Jacobsen, Papalii, Cane & Blackadder fit? Which 3 would you say provides the best balance?

Coach’s Corner Issue 29: Do the All Blacks have a soft centre?

Texas sounds fun.

The Thursday rugby two-up: One bio-bubble too many for the ‘Boks and Pumas?

Tipuric v Hooper round 3??

How the Wallabies are building cohesion towards 2023

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